difficult child 1's new-ish therapist recommended that we drop French and Biology and add a resource class. I told me to send a letter to the school requesting this under OHI (we have a 504 now and not an IEP, though he does have an IHP (H being Health) because of his medical issues). He said unless difficult child 1 wants to go to France some day or has some other practical application for French, he should take something like American Sign Language because he thinks it would be easier. And he thinks he should take Biology in summer school instead. I was supposed to request letters from our psychiatrist and GI attesting to the burden difficult child 1's IBS and anxiety put on him and the stress cycle it creates in school. Well, our home instructor thinks difficult child 1 would be selling himself short by droppin those classes. She said his French pronunciation is very good for a first-year student. She thinks there is some natural ability at work there. She also says he is very good with the concepts and terminology in Biology. She thinks he's a very bright kid that needs to be challenged and that giving him a lighter load would jeapordize realizing his full potential. Basically, it would be a waste of his talents. She also thinks that the resource class wouldn't really buy him much. He needs structure and she doesn't see that he's able to create this structure himself, even though he's very organized. She also didn't think that the independent study program our district offers would give him the interaction he needs and the challenge he needs. There IS, however, a virtual public school that's in our area that she said might be better for him. There is more interaction and feedback for the students. What I don't know is if this would preclude difficult child 1 from playing on his school's lacrosse team, which he really, really wants to continue doing. So far the homebound instruction is going pretty well. He's getting his work done, he's feeling better the past few days, he works well with this teacher, too. We go back to see the therapist on Saturday and I know he's going to be surprised that I haven't requested the resource class yet. I'm just not sure what to do at this point. I'm not sure what the next step should be after this semester ends and the homebound program ends (we only requested it through the end of the semester). Do we try to transition back to the regular classroom schedule he had before? Do we try the district independent study (which would allow him two classes on campus, one of which could be lacrosse)? Do we drop French and Bio so we can add the resource class like the therapist suggested? Do we try the virtual classroom? Marg or anyone else who's walked this path, I could sure use some feedback on this!